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US will send $2 billion to global Covid vaccine program targeting developing nations Biden to pledge US$4 billion to COVAX vaccine program at G7 meeting Friday
Cary Erickson | 19 February, 2021, 08:43

There has been pressure on Biden to donate a percentage of the USA vaccine allotment to poorer countries, including from France's Emmanuel Macron.

"We do think that it is vital to take a role in beating the pandemic globally and to really put USA leadership out there to do this", said a senior administration official.

Other countries, including Russian Federation and China, have begun making their own direct donations to countries of their state-funded vaccines, which the White House has said previously it is watching with concern. Macron reportedly plans to press wealthier countries like the U.S.to commit 3-5% of its vaccine doses to poorer countries at the G7.

Biden administration officials said their focus was also on vaccinating Americans and sought to separate the domestic and worldwide efforts.

The statement said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa had on Wednesday briefed Health Ministers on the region's overall state of readiness for Africa's largest-ever immunisation drive. But while there are expected to be enough vaccines available to inoculate every American by summer's end, many countries may need to wait years for enough doses for their populations. It has also purchased doses of the still-to-be-authorized Johnson & Johnson product, as well as other vaccines still in development.

"When we have a sufficient supply, it's our intention to consider donating surplus vaccines", one of the officials said.

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She said the man left immediately afterwards, and she wasn't offered assistance by security guards on her way out of parliament. Mr Morrison denied his party had a "women problem" before the 2019 general election, after the departure of several female MPs.

The administration indicated Thursday that joining the initiative would not affect domestic vaccination efforts and that increasing global vaccine distribution efforts could cut down on new variants migrating to the U.S.

In an interview with Britain's Financial Times, French President Emmanuel Macron called on the United States and European nations to allocate up to 5 per cent of current vaccine supplies to developing countries - the kind of vaccine diplomacy that China and Russian Federation have begun deploying.

The analysis found that, along with other COVID vaccine supplies procured by the global COVAX vaccine-sharing plan and in bilateral deals, the excess rich-country doses would go a long way to protecting vulnerable people in poorer countries.

Last week, the White House said it was wary of those efforts.

According to Roque, the Philippines has complied with the above requirements as the Philippine Food and Drug Administration has already issued an EUA for the vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca; the indemnity agreed has been submitted by Secretary Galvez and that the country has already submitted the national vaccine plan. "You know, the President is engaged with a range of leaders around the world, conveying how he wants to return the United States to have a central seat on the world stage, and we're working to do that through a range of actions".